Episode 41 – Secondary Burns, Teacher Goodwill, Mindfulness & Wardrobe Malfunctions

In this episode we cited and discussed the following articles, posts and blogs:

Visit the Radio LSC show mentioned by Lee Burns in this episode. A weekly radio show broadcast from Lalor Secondary College by some students and coordinated by Lee.

‘Teachers say what’s wrong with education in the U.S.’

‘When mindfulness meets the classroom’, Lauren Cassani Davis, The Atlantic, 31/8/15, viewed 7/9/15

The ‘2 Regular Teachers’ mini (mini) essay – with more apologies

So…Adam is off on a Year 3/4 camp this week although he is a Year 1 teacher. I arrived home sometime after 6.30pm this evening after coordinating a Year 6 debate after school. We’ve been asked the question more than once this year…how do you find the time to publish an episode of the podcast every week? Only this week have we both realised that perhaps it’s been a stroke of luck that up until this point, we have been able to churn out an episode week after week. Yes, we promised an episode last week on August 20th. Alas, all that week I had been the foolish teacher that acquired a flu and continued to work through it. The end was grim…at best. Therefore, another week passed without an episode. That brings us to this week, another non-episode owing to the reasons I outlined in the opening sentences above.

Adam and I began this little journey with one clear objective in mind. To take the time out of our own jobs to sit, reflect, converse and attempt to dissect this profession we have chosen. Since then, we’ve been lucky enough to add some other reasons to the list, thanks to the listeners that have made contact with us. We now feel some form of obligation not just to ourselves, but other humans out there toiling away on the classroom frontline.

How have we achieved our objective up to a few weeks ago? We make the time and we respect that time as much as we can. One of us drives a healthy distance from their workplace to a little homely venue for the recording. The other stays up a little longer after the show listening, cutting, splicing and bringing it all together for publication. We share topic/segment ideas over the rest of the week via a shared Google document.

This year we have found ourselves falling into the ‘cruising Term 3’ mindset again. Many teachers do. The term where we can all get back to ‘proper’ teaching because there is no big formal assessment to complete or reporting. National testing has come and gone and we are free of most interruptions. Again, we’ve been reminded that this is not the case anymore. There is no such thing as a term like this over the entire year. We tackled this issue in a previous episode published in 2014. Go HERE to take a listen. We also tackled the crowded curriculum in another past episode which, I believe, applies to this ‘Term 3’ issue too.

We feel that we are appreciated in this role as teacher podcasters. I am grateful for the comments that I receive, both verbal and written, from people in and out of the profession that have shown appreciation for the fact that we get together and put it out there. It’s this individual appreciation, so lacking in most schools, that makes us really feel it when we don’t meet our objective each week of the term.

Without any last minute interruptions or flies in the ointment, we intend to be back here with Episode 40 next Thursday evening, 3rd September. Please join us!

Cheers,

Rick (with Adam in spirit)

Episode 10 – 1:1 Contracts, Awards, Class Sizes & Staff Room Politics

In Episode 10 we referenced the following articles and documents:

‘Pupils at Thomas Ferens in Hull refused GCSE results over iPad dispute’ – by Hull Daily Mail

‘Smaller class sizes generally better: new study’ – by Geoff Maslen, SMH

‘Class Size –  The Research’AEU Victorian Branch, July 2014

2 Regular Teachers will be back with Episode 8 next week!

Hey everyone,

Due to a very busy schedule episode 8 of the 2 Regular Teachers podcast has been postponed this week and will be back, bigger and better than ever, next week on our usual Thursday night.  We’ve got some great topics that we want to cover in our next episode including the use of devices such as iPads, iPods and cameras on camps and excursions, as well as discussing contracts in education and their impact on teaching staff across the country.

As always we really appreciate everyone who listens in each week and the terrific feedback we receive as well. We can’t wait to get back on the horse with Episode 8 next week!  Until then….

Rick and Adam.

Episode 7 – DLTV2014 Wrap, Laptop Leases #2, Goal Setting & Bike Ed Blunders

The links below relate to our overview of the DLTV Annual Conference 2014:

Presentations don’t make a conference, people do – by Aaron Davis

#DLTV2014 Twitter stream – have your scrolling button ready!

‘All In It Together’ – Rick’s short reflection on networking at a conference

Episode 5 – Jargon, Term 3, Authentic Audiences & Adam’s Professional Dilemma

 

Below are links that we referred to in Episode 5 and a screen shot of the ‘Rhythms’ idea from the draft PDP document:

‘I Don’t Understand My Children’s Reports’ – By Paul Chai, Daily Life

‘How To Add A Google Translate Widget To Your Blog’The Edublogger

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